Definition of emotion
2a : the affective aspect of consciousness : feelingb : a state of feelingc : a conscious mental reaction (such as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body
Examples of emotion in a sentence
a display of raw emotion
The defendant showed no emotion when the verdict was read.
She was overcome with emotion at the news of her friend's death.
Origin and Etymology of emotion
Middle French, from emouvoir to stir up, from Old French esmovoir, from Latin emovēre to remove, displace, from e- + movēre to move
First Known Use: 1579
Synonym Discussion of emotion
EMOTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emotion for English Language Learners
: a strong feeling (such as love, anger, joy, hate, or fear)
EMOTION Defined for Kids
Definition of emotion for Students
: strong feeling (as anger, love, joy, or fear) often accompanied by a physical reaction She flushed with emotion.
Medical Definition of emotion
1: the affective aspect of consciousness
2: a state of feeling
3: a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body—compare affect
emotional\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
emotionality\-ˌmō-shə-ˈnal-ət-ē\play noun plural
emotionally\-ˈmō-shnə-lē, -shən-əl-ē\play adverb
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